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Old 12-31-2016, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Warning: Gemini C-130 1/200 Tripod Stand

I wanted to post this in case fellow collectors out there hadn't experienced this and weren't aware of the existing integrity issue.

I would advise those that have purchased any Gemini 1/200 scale C-130 Hercules model with an included tripod stand (metal bars with plastic joints), to stop using the stands themselves.

I personally bought the Channel Islands ANG C-130 (G2AFO569), and started using the stand as soon as I got it right when it released (Spring 2016). This week I was looking at my models and noted that the C-130 had fallen off the stand. Upon closer inspection, the stand had failed, specifically the plastic joints that connect the metal bars that create the tripod.

Upon looking at the plastic joints, it appears that they experienced too much stress from the model's weight, and cracked slowly until eventually one of them cracked beyond the point of no return. Looking at the pictures I've included, you can see the the spiderweb cracks emanating from the plastic.

Luckily my own model did not suffer any actual damage, so I'm thankful for that.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Warning: Gemini C-130 1/200 Tripod Stand

I have found the Gemini Tri pod stands to be completely useless.

Most of the time the stand is simply too big for the hole and doesn't even fit.

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Default Re: Warning: Gemini C-130 1/200 Tripod Stand

Yep, they even break under the weight of the Cessna 172 models, as small and light as they are. Best to just keep the stands in the package and use something else for a stand.
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